It’s Friday, so time for a musical game …

I posted / tweeted about this a while ago, but it’s arrived now, and is free, and as far as I can tell has no IAPs either, which is nice too.

Here’s the app’s description:

Tronika is a real-tme puzzle game with addictive game play and an exciting interactive soundtrack. Turn your sound up!

Made with love completely free to play. Enjoy!!!

How to play:

  • Tap on cells to add energy until they pop and send energy into their neighbors.
  • Clear levels by bursting all of the cells without running out of points.
  • Stay in the game by earning extra moves for chain reactions, agility, style, efficiency, and progress.
  • Optional Game Center integration allows you to share high scores with your friends and the rest of the world.

Turn your sound on for the best experience!

Tronika on the app store (free):


Video: synth puzzle game preview

Now this looks interesting doesn’t it. I do like a nice music game. I’d be curious to see what it looks like when it arrives.

Video description:

“I’ll be posting an official release video when it comes out. Subscribe.”

Video published by treasurecharger.

From the beginning … PalmSounds on video, back in 2007: Electoplankton

I still think that Electroplankton paved the way for a lot of innovation in both music apps (not that we called them apps back them) but also in gaming.

I think it’s still a great example of a very unique and gentle way of making music.

Roland brings us a game, TR-REC has arrived, and that was a surprise …

Well, that was a shock, I didn’t see that coming, a new music app from Roland, yes, but a music game! That’s unusual. Here are all the details …

Sensational new game for music making, a first of its kind!
Synchronizing to an array of dance music rhythms, enjoy the challenge of completing powerful dynamic beats using one of the most famous and unique composition tools of today’s dance music.

Quick to start
Just complete a rhythm by following the “GUIDE”

Watch your time, it’s the key to winning the game
Complete each rhythm within the target time.
The faster you finish, the higher your score!

Win Medals (Coins)
Hit a high score and win medals

Rich library of Dance Music
Enjoy a variety of dance music genres on each stage.

Start the game with a simple rhythm. After you master the basics, step it up by moving onto the next level. The rhythms for each level will be progressively more complex and sure to entertain both beginners and the most experienced of music makers in Dance Music.

* Monetize in applications (Restore Life, Expand Life, Release Stage etc.)
* Functions to upload to SNS

Roland’s TR-REC is free on the app store:

Planet Quest – Launch Trailer (video)

I don’t often post about games, but on the odd occasion that there’s a game that is even vaguely music based I’ll post something about it, and Planet Quest is. It calls itself a rhythm based game, and I suppose that’s fair. It’s fairly easy to play (which is good for the likes of me, a non-gamer), and also it’s FREE on the app store too. So you’ve no reason not to give it a try out.

Nightmare collective (game) from Lucky Frame arrives, so it’s a good time to think about some of the awesome things they’ve done

Lucky Frame have been making interesting apps and games for a while now. In fact their first app Mujik, was released in 2009. Mujik is in fact a good example of why I really like what they do and how they do it as a development studio.

When it came out I thought it was such a great idea and such a novel approach to making music, and I don’t think that any other interface has ever really done anything like it. It is unique.
One of the best things about Mujik, is that it is so playful. I mentioned this in a post a day or so ago, that playfulness was something that is so important for apps, and Mujik embodies this. 

But Lucky Frame didn’t stop their, they went on to make lots of other app a few of which I’m going to mention, but by no means all of them. In fact, the next few I’ll mention are in fact all games, but there’s a very good reason for mentioning them.

When they started making games, or at least when I started noticing that that’s what they were doing, they released Bad Hotel, which had a generative music element to it, and, even though I’m not a gamer, I thought it was quite good fun to play. Although I have to admit that I was never very good at it. I think the idea of introducing generative music into gaming is a great one, but difficult to pull off, and I’m not sure that Bad Hotel did, although it was very close

However, their next app I think did make it. It is in fact, by far my favourite of Lucky Frame’s games, and it’s called Wave Trip. This is a game in which you create generative music as an integral part of the game. So you can see why I’d love it. I personally feel that it works brilliantly and that the game play and music creation is really well combined. But an app like this is hard for a lot of reasons over and above the obvious ones like music apps are actually hard to make anyway.

Trying to appeal to two fairly distinct groups, i.e. Games and Mobile Musicians isn’t easy, and whilst I love Wave Trip, I’m not a gamer, but it worked for me.

Since then Lucky Frame have continued to make great apps, but predominantly games (for the moment, who knows they might sneak out another music app). That’s not a bad thing at all. I’ve enjoyed their games a lot. In fact, I was at their studio last year and got to see them and have a chat about the game they’d just released, Gentlemen, which is utterly manic to play.

However, their latest release, The Nightmare Collective, has caught my eye recently. I’m not sure what it is about the look of the app, but I find that I’m quite drawn to it, and even though I’m no good at strategy games I’m really looking forward to getting into it.

I think I just really like the style and originality of Lucky Frames apps. I think that they have a really fresh approach to whatever kind of project they embark on, and that keeps me coming back to whatever they do even when it isn’t something that I’d normally be interested in.

So I’m going to spend some time with Nightmare Collective, although I’m fairly sure that I’ll end up play Wave Trip again, then sneak off to make sounds with Mujik. All of these have two overriding characterics. Firstly, their fun, lots of fun to play around with. Whether the app is a game or not. Secondly, the approach to these apps is refreshingly unique.

On that basis I’d recommend you the apps I’ve mentioned here. Lucky Frame have made quite a few others, but these are the ones I really like. I hope that they keep going, keep making great app, and hopefully one day in the future they’ll make another music app like Mujik, or rather, nothing like it at all.

Echo, a music game for your iPhone

When the developer of Echo contacted me he actually said that he realised that I don’t normally post about games, but that Echo was a bit different. So, I tried it, online (here), and actually it was pretty cool, so I decided that this was worth sharing, so here are the details:

Echo is a new kind of music game: part puzzle, part instrument.

In this unique puzzler, solve your way through individual tracks of a song. Perfect the part and earn the ability to remix that track.

Echo Features:

  • 20 challenging stages of original music
  • Novel puzzle mechanic
  • Avoid collisions
  • Create original music
  • Fast drag and drop interface
  • Hundreds of samples
  • Exciting near-misses
  • Simple loop-based composition tool
  • Ability to perform completed songs and remixes
  • Addictive and rewarding

In Depth:

Echo challenges the player to match a given pattern by placing pieces relative to the board’s walls. Hit play then watch and listen as the pieces bounce off the walls to make loops. The loops combine to make tracks and tracks combine to make songs. The challenge is to match the pattern without the pieces crashing into each other as they cross paths.

Echo isn’t only puzzles, it’s also a powerful music creation tool. Perfecting a track unlocks the ability to remix that part. In remix mode, use the loop-based game mechanic to create your own patterns with the track’s samples. No need to worry about collisions! Remix a track or the entire songs and then perform it by soloing and muting tracks during playback.

You’ll gain a new depth of musical knowledge after spending hours solving and creating intricate musical patterns. No musical experience required!

* Echo is designed for iPhones 4S and newer

And Echo is priced at only $0.99.

Lucky Frame’s new game, Gentlemen, coming to your iPad on the 16th

So not too long to wait for the new arrival from Lucky Frame, makers of the excellent music game Wave Trip.

New version of Wave Trip arrives

Now you can fly around Edinburgh in Wave Trip! I’m looking forward to that. In fact, I don’t think I know of any other app (ok, my knowledge of games is severely limited), that could be said to be Edinburgh based. How unique!

Wave Trip for iOS arrives!

Wave Trip from Lucky frame arrives. I have to say that this is one of the first musical games that I’ve felt has really done a great job of combining musical creation and game play. I’m not by any means a gamer and I often find that after one or two plays with a game I’ve lost interest, but not with this one.

Give it a go for yourself. Here’s the game’s description:

Play a world of music. Make it yours.
Wave Trip is a musical arcade game. You control a mysterious and wonderful geometric astronaut as she travels through worlds of unimaginable beauty and danger, saving her friends through the medium of awesome tunes.

All of the levels can be remixed and edited, and players can create their own levels and share them with the world. Since every object in Wave Trip has musical characteristics, creating a level is just like writing a piece of music – just easier (and with more cubist sheep).

The app is priced at $1.99.

Wave Trip - Lucky Frame